Several acupuncture supply companies produce special semi-permanent needles for auricular acupuncture. asiamed and Sedatelec are well know among acupuncturists.
Asiamed Apex Semi-Permanent Needle: Designed with patient comfort in mind, this single-use, disposable semi-permanent acupuncture needle is mostly used to perform ear acupuncture. The Asiamed Apex needle features a stud like shape and it is precisely engineered to deliver a stronger stimulation effect than traditional press tack needles. The Asiamed Apex comes with a bipolar magnetic applicator that facilitates easy insertion and provides additional needle stimulating. Once inserted into the desired acupuncture point, this needle may be kept in place with an adhesive tape. The needle shaft is made from surgical grade stainless steel. The Asiamed Apex Gold semi-permanent needle is ideal on patients who are prone to allergic reactions. This needle has a pure gold-coated tip and it is disposed after each use.
Sedatelec ASP Semi-Permanent Needle: These needles from France are known in auriculotherapy for more than 25 years. They are based on the development of Dr. Paul Nogier. A steel, gold and more recently a titanium dart sharped version is available. Each needle has its own applicator.